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NBA superstar turned social justice warrior Kareem Abdul-Jabbar sat down with CNN host John Berman in an interview and proceeded to declare that comments made by fellow Hall-of-Famer guard John Stockton about 150 athletes dying from vaccinations make other athletes look like “dumb jocks.”
“I think statements like that make the public look upon athletes basically as dumb jocks, for trying to explain away something that is obviously a pandemic,” caustically remarked Abdul-Jabber, who is now 74. He went on to describe vaccines and testing as the best way to end the pandemic.
“I don’t understand anyone saying anything else. It doesn’t make sense what he’s saying,” Abdul-Jabbar commented to Berman. “This is a preventative measure that has been useful in many different circumstances.”
The basketball legend recalled that he remembers children being worried about the “needle lady” when he was in kindergarten and students were receiving the polio vaccine.
“We have to use common sense and approach this in a way that gets the results we want to get,” he stated. “I think John’s reaction to the vaccine is extreme and not based on reality or facts. If John could just check the facts out he would understand that this vaccine is saving lives and preventing people from having serious reactions to the virus. It won’t eliminate the virus overnight, but it will stop people from dying and will stop people from becoming seriously ill.”
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is not happy with John Stockton's actions or statements about COVID-19.
Gonzaga recently suspended Stockton's basketball season tickets over defiance of the mask mandate. pic.twitter.com/3PmvK2OkbW
— The Sporting News (@sportingnews) January 24, 2022
Stockton has refused to obey mask mandates at college basketball games. For that act of defiance, his season tickets have been revoked by Gonzaga University and he is banned from games.
“Basically, it came down to, they were asking me to wear a mask to the games and being a public figure, someone a little bit more visible, I stuck out in the crowd a little bit,” Stockton claimed during an interview with the Spokesman-Review newspaper in Washington state.
“And therefore they received complaints and felt like from whatever the higher-ups – those weren’t discussed, but from whatever it was higher up – they were going to have to either ask me to wear a mask or they were going to suspend my tickets,” he added.
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Stockton has taken a strong stance against COVID vaccines, lockdowns, and mask mandates. He appeared last June in a documentary titled, “COVID and the Vaccine: Truth, Lies and Misconceptions Revealed.”
“During the interview, Stockton asserted that more than 100 professional athletes have died of vaccination. He also said tens of thousands of people – perhaps millions – have died from vaccines,” Spokesman-Review reporter Theo Lawson reported.
“I think it’s highly recorded now, there’s 150 I believe now, it’s over 100 professional athletes dead — professional athletes — the prime of their life, dropping dead that are vaccinated, right on the pitch, right on the field, right on the court,” Stockton previously claimed.
— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) January 23, 2022
After those statements, pro-vaccine advocates predictably pounced and succeeded in canceling Stockton.
While Stockton acknowledged that his fame creates a unique challenge, he is “unwilling to budge on his decision not to wear a mask,” according to the Spokesman-Review. He hopes he can work things out with Gonzaga University but is willing to risk that long-standing relationship because of his principles.
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